TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - As Daily Bread Food Bank launches its
Thanksgiving Drive, a new report released today shows why it's more
important than ever to give.
"While there has been a slight decrease in the percentage of children
having to get food from a food bank, there has been an increase in the
percentage of those children who are going hungry at least once a week.
Same is true for adults—the hungry are getting hungrier," said Richard
Matern, acting director of research and the author of the newest Who's Hungry: Faces of Hunger report.
This is the fourth year in a row that number of visits to food banks
across the GTA has topped a million. Four years later, food bank visits
remain 18 per cent above pre-recession levels and aren't budging.
"Poverty is not just a downtown Toronto problem and hasn't been for
awhile," said Gail Nyberg, executive director of Daily Bread. "The
suburbs are catching up. You can compare it to a doughnut, and downtown
Toronto was the big hole in the middle where problems of hunger were
especially visible. Now that hole is getting bigger and food bank
visits are rising all over the GTA."
Donating to the Thanksgiving Drive will help provide food to families
who are struggling, but long-term solutions are needed to stop hunger.
One of the solutions that Daily Bread is supporting is a proposed
Ontario housing benefit that would help people pay some of the gap
between rent and income.
"We are hopeful that a housing benefit will be championed by the Social
Assistance Review of Ontario when their report comes out this fall. We
know it can work to make a difference in lives of people who have to
choose between paying rent or putting food on the table," said Matern.
Currently, a person coming to a food bank spends an average of 71 per
cent of what little income they have on putting a roof over their
"That leaves the table bare, the cupboards empty and line ups at food
banks even longer," said Nyberg. "If you want to see less people forced
to come to food banks, then the government needs to implement a policy
such as the housing benefit to start making a real difference in the
fight against hunger."
Download the full Who's Hungry: Faces of Hunger report at www.dailybread.ca.
The Thanksgiving Drive runs until October 14. You can make a difference
by donating online at www.dailybread.ca or by calling 416-203-0050. Drop off nutritious, non-perishable food at
any local Toronto fire hall, as well as participating grocery stores.
Most needed food items include: baby formula and food; peanut butter;
canned fruit or vegetables; canned fish or meat; dried pasta and tomato
sauce; rice; lentils and beans (canned or dried); hearty soup or stew.
Thank you to MacLaser Printing Inc. for sponsoring the printing of the
Who's Hungry report.
Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in our communities.
SOURCE: Daily Bread Food Bank
For further information:
(A) Director of Communications
T: 416-203-0050 ext. 238